A province-wide study was conducted by the B.C. government in September of this year and found that British Columbians were totally over daylight savings time. British Columbians have been wondering when will daylight savings be cancelled after years and years of missed alarm clocks and bleary mornings. The answer is coming sooner than we could have hoped for.
Of the 223,273 British Columbians who completed the province’s survey on time observance, more than 93% said that they would prefer a move to permanent daylight savings time, according to a press release from the B.C. government.
Premier John Horgan was in full support and finally met up with the premier of Yukon Sandy Silver on Thursday, September 30 in Whitehorse, where they talked about making the move together.
Premier John Horgan says the legislation could come sooner than expected, and British Columbians can expect to see permanent legislation passed as early as a few weeks from now.
Of all the respondents from the daylight savings survey, 75% said that health and wellness concerns were one of the main reasons for their support for daylight savings time, according to the press release.
“The people of British Columbia have spoken and their collective voice has come through loudly and clearly,” said Premier John Horgan, in the press release.
Washinton, Oregon, and California are all considering a move as well, but unlike the United States, where federal approval would be required, B.C. and the Yukon can decide what to do without input or approval from Ottawa.
Great talking with @Premier_Silver about investing in people and creating good jobs in rural communities in BC and… https://t.co/t0DzmJ7T7s— John Horgan (@John Horgan)1569878150.0
It's already clear from the provincial-wide study that British Columbians everywhere want to do away with the annoying twice-yearly time change. Moving the clock back and forward twice a year is also associated with an increase in heart attacks and strokes because of the time shift.
Horgan wants to ensure that this permanent move in legislation takes place around the same time as other judicial regions on the west coast like Yukon, as well as Washington, Oregon, and California.
“We will continue to monitor similar debates in neighbouring jurisdictions, keeping in mind the wide-ranging impacts. We want to make sure we consider every implication in determining what is right for B.C.,” Horgan continued.
This news is a step in the right direction for many British Columbians. Maybe this will tip John Horgan's approval rating in the province.
Narcity has reached out to the Premier's office and will update this story.